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Facebook holds first digital literacy training workshop in Negros

By Dominic Zi Ann Ng | News Writer

Vol. XCI No. 8

Oct. 4, 2019

Facebook, in collaboration with Silliman University (SU) Office of Strategic Partnerships and Renaissance Youth Leaders Forum (RYLF), organized a digital literacy training workshop held last Sept. 28 at the Silliman Hall.

The workshop focused on building a global community, digital literacy, netiquette, and being a digital citizen.

The workshop speakers were Christopher Kuzhuppilly, Manager of Facebook Philippines Public Policy and Richard Amazona, master trainer of AHA! Behavioral Design. Participants of the event were youth from the Gaba-an Youth Lead, SU – Civic Welfare Training Service cadets, and students from Foundation University, Negros Oriental State University, Asian College and AMA Computer College.

“At Facebook we feel that everybody should have a voice,” said Kuzhuppilly. With safety as their first pillar, he implied that there is free expression on social media but within only the boundaries and limits of safety and to not hurt other people. He also emphasized on the problems of online bullying and harassing people on Facebook, and the need to be fair and be aware on what people share online.

Kuzhuppilly gave a brief introduction about Facebook’s policies, tools, resources, and partnerships. He then provided a small background as to how many people are using Facebook and the things they look at when creating their policies. Moreover, he gave a discussion on how they counter terrorism on Facebook and how to spot fake news.

Second speaker Richard Amazona followed suit with an overview about digital citizenship, digital footprint, and accessing information. He stated that “a digital citizen protects one’s self, family and friends, and the community.”

Amazona stressed the importance of awareness of what people share on social media because it also affects one’s reputation. “As part of our social media ethics, we need to be aware that reputation is vital for each and every one of us,” he added.

He gave significance on communicating respectfully online and developing ways to practice positive online management. Also, he presented videos on the importance of digital footprint and who can access one’s information.

Additionally, he facilitated small activities regarding possible situations people may encounter on social media, and how to identify if a news article or post is real or fake.

SU is the first school in Negros to collaborate with Facebook Philippines and second in the whole Philippines.


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